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New NINER FS prototype

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  1. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    New 29" goodness...
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    mack Turbo Monkey

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    It looks like it got hucked by Bender once or twice, then some one put a white brothers fork on it. :think:
     
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    It's VPP and a 29er. Being a 6'5" giant, I would be interested in this as an xc bike. I ride bikes like a tank, so I wonder how much abuse it could take...
     
  4. DHS

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    its not VPP.... VPP has opposing moving links.

    it looks like a Balfa 2step sure hope it rides better then one.

    i do like the look of it. and the new White bros are awesome. Bender never rode a WB....
     
  5. MMcG

    MMcG Ride till you puke!

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    why the 2Step hate? Plenty of people love the way the 2Step rides.

    N8 I think this is your most useful post in the Lounge to date. ;)

    where did you find the info on that thing?

    Niner bikes seems like one helluva smart and upcoming company.

    Have you seen their steel 29er the SIR 9 yet? Looks killer! :thumb:
     
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    That bike is goregeous. Never been a fan of 29'ers, but that is really nice.
     
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    It's true that it's not "VPP" in the sense of the Santa Cruz/Outland patented system, but it appears to have a virtual pivot...hard to tell from the pics if it's a single pivot-style like a kona but with that lower link set up it looks like a virtual pivot to me...there are a bunch of threads on this subject...
     
  8. Angus

    Angus Jack Ass Pen Goo Win

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    Gotta Love all the 29 goodness
    The Big wheel,
    Is The Real deal.
    Nothing could be Finer,
    Than riding a 29er!
     
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    30 pounds, yikes that's on the portly side, even for an "all mountain" bike.
     
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    lovebunny can i lick your balls?

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    30 heavy for a 6" bike?
     
  11. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    You found it... ;)

    :drool:
     
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    ooooh, this looks quite nice. Im 6'4, and it would be awefully nice to have a bike like this. Now if i could only find a 2.5 inch wide tire for a 29 inch wheel...
     
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    looks burly for 30lbs..
     
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    could be wrong, but it looks like if you were to run 2 rings and a bash guard the lower swing link would be hitting rocks and such...I guess you could always just run a big bash guard. Either way, sweet lookin bike.
     
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    30lbs for 6inch travel all mtn bike is very much average. the MKIII and Enduros come out to that. now add bigger wheels and larger tires. its pretty damn good weight for that bike
     
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    Nice. I glad to see more 29" options are coming out everyday. I'm thinking I'll get a 29'er for my next bike. Probably a 29'er racer-x with a reba fork, at this point.
     
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    Here's some more info for everybody:

     
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    An Intense 5.5 (with 5.5" of travel) can easily tip the scales (all XTR & Manitou Minute fork) at 26 lbs.........so 4 lbs for another 0.5" of travel seems a bit much to me.......it must be wheel weight...... ;)
     
  19. N8 v2.0

    N8 v2.0 Not the sharpest tool in the shed

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    Do you ride at Camp Robbie?
     
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    My Talas switchblade(5.7") is 28 pounds with a minute 1:00/Crossmax enduro/X.9/tubless tires (blue groove/Roll-x). I have a slight weight penalty because I use the Raceface Atlas cranks, which are on the heavy side, if I changed tires and cranks I could hit right around 26 pounds.

    At 7 for the frame, plus a few hundred grams for the larger wheels and tires it should build out to something close to 30 pounds with the same components as my switchblade. I think you could hit 27 pounds with some good component choices.
     
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    will nokian make a 3" gazzy in 29"?
     
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    I think DHS hit the nail on the head with his observation that this Niner looks a lot like a 2Step FR.

    Looks like a refined version of the Balfa linkage design to me.

    Man would I love to try out one of their test bikes! :drool: :drool:
     
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    You betcha!!!!
     
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    may i have, or buy the proto niner 26inch version?